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Star Trek Album: Meeting Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel - signing autographs (behind Arlene Martel)

Morgan Gendel – signing autographs (behind Arlene Martel)

I hate it when I spot an error on a page after I’ve already scrapped it – in this one, I misspelled Morgan’s name! Sheesh! Meeting him was pretty exciting. I got so starstruck, I forgot to ask him if I could take a picture of him when he signed the script for me. I told him I was an aspiring writer. He told me I would probably enjoy this Writer’s Draft, which he found sitting in a desk a few years ago. This is his first draft, and what he presented to Rick Berman for Star Trek: The Next Generation. It’s interesting to look at this copy while watching the actual episode, because you can see the differences. For instance, in Morgan’s version, the crew moves the Captain to sick bay when he is struck down with the mysterious illness. In the final version, they left the Captain on the bridge of the Enterprise, because that meant one less set they had to deal with.

Morgan Gendel

Morgan Gendel

The talk he gave was interesting, talking about how he pitched this as a freelance writer and how the story morphed from his initial idea to the episode that appeared on the small screen.

For those who enjoy scrapbooking, I’ll point out a little something I did that I really liked on this page. I used a paint dauber to put Espresso Ink on the bottom of the page using a gear mask, then after it dried, I took a pen and outlined some of the gears, to give it a bit more dimension. I also created a hidden pocket on the back of the page, using scraps of paper. That’s where I tucked my journaling, with a little file folder label to mark it and offer a tab to pull the journaling card from the layout.

This is the last page of my 8×8 Star Trek album. I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at it – I know I certainly enjoyed making it and sharing it with you.


Star Trek Album: Meeting Jeffrey Combs


The main reason I wanted to go to the Star Trek convention in Chicago was to meet Jeffrey Combs. I used to watch Enterprise every Wednesday night, and loved the nights when Andorians were featured. Combs is well known for playing Captain Shran in Enterprise, and Weyoun in Deep Space Nine. Horror fans will recognize him as The Reanimator. He’s done lots of other stuff, too.


Getting my photo taken with Combs was huge. In spite of the cattle chute situation, with so many fans standing in line to get their photos taken, Creation does a great job. It went smoothly, quickly, and Combs was a pro. He greeted us warmly and smiled, then thanked us. This framed photo now has a place of honor in our living room. <GRIN>

If you’ve never been to a Star Trek convention before, I recommend purchasing your photo ops and autographs before the con. Also, do a little research and make sure the actor is a pro – I’ve seen some horrible photo op pics where it looks like the actor could hardly be bothered. But if you have a chance to meet Jeffrey Combs, go for it. He was so nice, and seemed genuinely appreciative of the fans. Oh – and if you have a chance to see the Star Trek Rat Pack, go for it. Jeffrey is one of the Pack, and they put on a fun show!

Star Trek: Meeting Arleen Martel

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel

Arlene Martel was the first celebrity I saw at the Star Trek convention in Chicago in May 2013. I passed her in the hotel lobby with a fairly large man accompanying her. She was so elegant, with her striking good looks, dark hair and large sunglasses. At first, I thought she was Joan Collins. She nodded to me and said, “Good morning.” I was agog – a celeb spoke to me! But who was she? Would Joan Collins actually make an appearance? I knew she had been a guest star, but nothing had been said in the emails from Creation about her. When I got in the vendors area, I spotted her and immediately noted the pictures on her table – she was Spock’s wife! It was Arlene Martel! If you don’t know anything about Arlene, please check out her website here. I made my way through the line and finally got up to her. I was trying to decide which photo to buy, and one photo was of her as Spock’s wife in Amok Time. She leaned over and said, “What the hell am I holding there?”

I laughed, looked closer and said, “I think it’s a ring.”

“Oh, yes!” she said as she settled back in her chair. “They had the most fabulous jewelry on that show!”

I leaned forward and whispered, “They didn’t let you keep it, did they?”

“Oh, no, we had no idea what we were making when we were making Star Trek. Like those ears in that photo,” she pointed to the picture of her with Spock, “Those ears hurt so bad and when shooting was over, I ripped them off and tossed them on the makeup table. Couldn’t wait to get rid of them. And someone told me they sold at auction for $35,000. And I threw them away!”

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

Arlene Martel: In Star Trek and The Twilight Zone

When I finally settled on the photo of her with Spock, we talked about the episode and had a hilarious conversation about Vulcans going seven years without sex. Arlene laughed and said, “Seven years – can you imagine? I couldn’t go seven days!”

Arlene was an absolute delight to meet. She actually spoke with me – not just at me. Asked my opinion about television and movies. I was so impressed with her. She and her husband have written a book about mental illness. She was such a delight, I can’t imagine her having any struggles. But after meeting her, I want to read more about her.

Star Trek: Meeting Sean Kenney


Meeting Sean Kenney was exciting as all get out. He is the original Captain of the Starship Enterprise, after all! Captain Pike, all disfigured and scary, is an icon in the world of sci fi. But Sean was handsome and debonair, tall with beautiful hair. He was very nice, chatted easily, and had the most amazing eyes. I felt a little odd being so star struck, but he was really one of the most handsome men I’ve ever met. He definitely had that movie star quality about him. When I picked the photo I wanted him to sign, he pointed out that it was from Star Trek: The Original Series, the episode was The Arena. Just last weekend, my husband and I watched that episode on DVD. Every time Sean showed up on screen, I punched him and squealed, “I met him!” I don’t think my hubs was nearly impressed by that as I am. :o)

Oh, as you’ve probably figured out, this is another layout from my Star Trek album. Here’s another page. Note the bit I copied from Sean’s bookmark. He was also the Winston man. I always thought those guys were so sexy – of course, we’ve all heard of the Marlboro Man. But the Winston man had that rugged cowboy look, too.



Aron Eisenberg: Follow Your Dreams


Aron Eisenberg is probably best known as Nog on Deep Space Nine. We watched him and Jake grow up together, but I had no idea that he was actually an adult at the time he was cast as Nog. Aron was born with kidney problems, which stunted his growth. He had a transplant when he was a teenager. If I remember correctly, he also lost his father at a young age. As Aron shared his experiences, it really hit home – here was a kid that was short, had health concerns, and still was successful in Hollywood.


Then he told a story about driving to work every day and seeing a beautiful tree. Every day, he thought about shooting it. And every day he drove past it. One day, he stopped mid-trip and turned around to retrieve his camera. He returned to the tree and took the photograph that started his photography business. You can see it in the photo below on his business card.


Aron was so nice – very personable. He was OK with me taking a photo of him, and was courteous to everyone who approached him. I really enjoyed his talk – and his admonition to not “pass that tree” day after day was so powerful. He set his sights on goals and made his dreams come true. Best of all, he’s encouraging others to do the same. That, in my book, says a great deal about his character.

These pages are part of my Star Trek mini-album, which is an 8×8 Maya Road binder album. These pages use Kraft paper as a base, misted with Heidi Swapp Color Shine in Teal, and are embellished using Simple Stories Destination patterned paper and stickers.

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